IDEA: Convert a set of related web pages into a Windows Help file
What I mean is, if you find some documentation in web (html or other) form that you want to bring into yoir knowledge base and save it as a discrete document, then, if you had a facility to convert those web pages into an indexed Windows Help file, that would be very useful.
I currently use the excellent ScrapBook
Add-In to Firefox
to save nested web pages, which means that I have a knolwedge base containg lots of HTML stuff (bits and pieces from related web pages) stored in lots of folders, which can only be searched/read as a coherent whole via a web browser - though it can be searched and indexed by Google Desktop, so it is knowledge that is findable/accessible.
Why a Windows Help file? Because it is one of the LCDs (Lowest Common Denominators) in a Windows OS, is harmless (no risk of embedded macros or viruses), and requires no special or proprietary software to open it - apart from the OS. Also, Help files can be searched and indexed by the brilliant Google Desktop.
The old trick of printing the web pages to (say) a .PDF file would not be quite the same thing. We know how cr#ppy they
There was a program called WebTwin
that used to do this (I still have a free trial installation copy), and it operated on a sort of web-scraping basis. However, the people who produced it, and their website (webtwin.com), seem to have disappeared. It was quite good, and I used it to good effect (can provide a couple of examples), but as a product it seems to have remained static and gradually been made obsolete by emerging/new web technologies. There is a reference describing it here: (rainbowpcm.com/webtwin.html).